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Bound Feet & Western Dress: A Memoir

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"In China, a woman is nothing."

Thus begins the saga of a woman born at the turn of the century to a well-to-do, highly respected Chinese family, a woman who continually defied the expectations of her family and the traditions of her culture. Growing up in the perilous years between the fall of the last emperor and the Communist Revolution, Chang Yu-i's life is marked by a series of rebellions: her refusal as a child to let her mother bind her feet, her scandalous divorce, and her rise to Vice President of China's first women's bank in her later years.

In the alternating voices of two generations, this dual memoir brings together a deeply textured portrait of a woman's life in China with the very American story of Yu-i's brilliant and assimilated grandniece, struggling with her own search for identity and belonging. Written in pitch-perfect prose and alive with detail, Bound Feet and Western Dress is the story of independent women struggling to emerge from centuries of customs and duty.

About the Author

Pang-Mei Natasha Chang was raised in Connecticut. She received her B.A. in Chinese Studies from Harvard and a J.D. degree from Columbia University School of Law. She practiced law in New York City before moving to Moscow, where she currently resides with her husband. Bound Feet and Western Dress is her first book.

Table of Contents

Woman is nothing — Lotus petals — Fortune, rank, longevity, happiness — Beautiful country, bright nation — Girl's education — Plum blossom in snow — Neither three nor four — According to your wishes — Bound feet and western dress — Better wife — O poet! — Sentimental journey — Person's title — End of my story.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307792242
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Subject:
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Author:
Chang, Pang-Mei Natasha
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Publication Date:
19970915
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
288

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Biography » General
Biography » Women
History and Social Science » Ethnic Studies » Asian American
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History and Social Science » Feminist Studies » General
History and Social Science » Gender Studies » Womens Studies
History and Social Science » Sociology » General
History and Social Science » World History » China

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